Category Archives: Important Announcements

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Saint John School
For God and Country

This Honor Garden was created by the students and families of  Saint John School to honor our fallen heroes from Natick, Newton, Wellesley, and Weston. 

Immigrant and Refugee Services Brainstorming Session – Thursday, May 31

Our collaborative has participated in fruitful planning meetings regarding Adult Faith Formation and Christian Service in support of the development of our Collaborative Pastoral Plan. One of the beautiful fruits of those meetings was a strong desire from individuals in both parishes to support immigrants and refugees in our community and beyond. There will be a preliminary planning session for all those who might be interested in participating this initiative on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00pm in the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative Office Conference Room (in the St. John Parish Center, 39 Washington Street, Wellesley) All are welcome to attend!

Appreciation Weekend May 19-20

All Masses will be in Thanksgiving for you who make our parish all that it is and continues to become!
Thank You All!

Thursday, May 10 – Ascension of the Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation

Ascension ThursdayMasses for the Collaborative will be celebrated:
7:00am Mass at St. John
9:00am Mass at St. Paul
12:00pm Mass at St. John
7:00pm  Mass at St. Paul

Thank You from Kay Kociuba

I would like to thank Fr. Jim, Fr. Robert, Msgr. Lind and past and present staff of our Collaborative for their support during our years of working together. Thank you to everyone in the community for the outpouring of love and support over these past few weeks. I will miss you all but hope to be back to visit soon. In the meantime I will hold the people of St. Paul’s and St. John’s in my heart as I continue my journey with the Lord. Be assured of my love and prayers. Kay

(Please note that Kay provided a critical role to St. Paul Parish and the vacancy she leaves behind will not be an easy one to fill. We will take the next few months to discern how best to fill this position and we ask for your patience and prayers as we do so.)

Interested in Joining our St. Vincent de Paul Society? Join Us Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30pm

If you think you might be, please come to a meeting on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30pm at the St. John’s Parish Center Boardroom! We will be discussing the possibility of forming a Saint Vincent de Paul Society here in our St. John-St. Paul Collaborative.

Maybe you’re not sure what the Saint Vincent de Paul Society does?
Briefly, the vocation of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society members is:

“…to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His  compassionate love. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. It includes any form of help that alleviates suffering or deprivation and promotes human dignity and personal integrity in all their dimensions. The Society serves those in need regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender or political opinions. It strives to seek out and find those in need and the forgotten, the victims of exclusion or adversity. Faithful to the spirit of its founders, the Society constantly strives for renewal, adapting to changing world conditions. It seeks to be ever aware of the changes that occur in human society and the new types of poverty that may be identified or anticipated. It gives priority to the poorest of the poor and to those who are most rejected by a community.”

If you or a friend feel that you might be called to serve those in Wellesley who are in need — please come to the meeting on April 25th!!

Sunday, April 15: Farewell Reception for Kay Kociuba at St. Paul

Kay Kociuba, who has faithfully served as Pastoral Associate at St. Paul for the past several years, is moving to California this month. She has provided spiritual guidance, support and wisdom to so many in our parishes and we are most grateful for her service. Please join us for a reception in Kay’s honor so that we may show her our appreciation and wish her well in her journey.

Please join us immediately following 11:00am Mass in the St. Paul Parish Hall

(Please note that Kay provided a critical role to St. Paul Parish and the vacancy she leaves behind will not be an easy one to fill. We will take the next few months to discern how best to fill this position and we ask for your patience and prayers as we do so.)

A Collaborative Update from Fr. Jim: Where Are We Going?

March 2018

My dear friends in Christ,

Tempus fugit, so the saying goes. It is hard for me to believe that it has been nearly two years since I became pastor of the two wonderful parishes of St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist.  I am so grateful for the warm reception I have received and continue to be inspired by your faith and commitment to living out your vocations as disciples of Jesus Christ.

I’d like to take a moment to reflect on where we have been in the last year and a half and where we are going as a collaborative. A “collaborative” is a unique entity.  Our parishes remain distinct, with their own cultures, histories and traditions. The parishes also remain independent of each other financially. What do we share? Our collaborative has a shared leadership team, led by me as pastor along with Fr. Robert Blaney, our parochial vicar and a talented and dedicated group of professionals serving us in pastoral care, religious education, youth ministry, music and  administration. We are currently exploring how we can leverage the strengths of each parish to pursue ministries together.

The Collaborative Pastoral Council (CPC) is made up of five members each from our two parishes. The CPC is developing a vision of what our collaborative will look like in the coming years.  I know well from my experience in my parishes in Wayland that these things cannot be rushed.  So in this initial stage, we have sought opportunities for the people of our parishes simply to get to know each other. To that end, we have hosted two Collaborative Forums, one last June on the topic of Adult Faith Enrichment and the second last November on the subject of Christian Service. These topics were chosen because they represent natural areas for collaboration. On both occasions, we gathered close to one hundred parishioners with nearly equal representation from each parish. The excitement in the room was palpable as parishioners engaged on subjects central to the practice of our faith. They came to realize how much they have in common in their desire to live more fully their Catholic faith. Following from these experiences, we have seen a naturally evolving inter-parish participation. The Women’s Nights at St. John’s have attracted many women from St. Paul’s and is growing into a collaborative ministry. This year’s spectacular Christmas Concert at St. Paul’s boasted the highest attendance in recent memory with a large representation of St. John’s parishioners. There have been truly inspirational liturgies with  the combined musical talents of high school students from both parishes. As a result, the religious education and youth ministry staff have been exploring how we can work together in a collaborative effort to engage our young people more fully in the life of the Church.   We envision more collaborative social events and are planning a Mass followed by a barbecue at an outdoor venue this coming fall. Exciting things are happening.  The Holy Spirit is at work among us.

Beginning in September, the CPC, in consultation with staff and volunteer leadership, will engage in a formal process of developing a pastoral plan for the collaborative for the next several years. The parish forums have given parishioners an opportunity to give input on what is important  to them in areas essential to the practice of our faith. The data collected from the parish forums will provide some of the foundational material for the development of a pastoral plan. We want and need your input as the plan is developed and will continue to find ways to solicit that input. In the meantime, you can always feel free to speak to any CPC member to share your ideas or concerns. While the planning process is being undertaken, the many wonderful ministries within our parishes will continue to thrive. I am grateful to all those who serve our parishes with such dedication.

Where are we going as a collaborative? As we ask this question, let’s keep in mind the dialogue between Jesus and the apostle Thomas.

Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn 14: 5-6)

As we explore paths of collaboration, may we never lose sight of our ultimate objective: to follow more closely the One who is the way and the truth and the life.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Reverend James J. Laughlin
Pastor
St. John-St. Paul Catholic Collaborative

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Today is Easter Sunday, April 1

White Flower near Christian CrossThis is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. PS 118:24
7:30am Mass at St. John (Upper Church)
9:00am Family Mass at St. John (Upper Church with simulcast in Powers Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. John (Upper Church with simulcast in Powers Hall)

Please note: There is no 5:00pm Mass on Easter Sunday.

Today is Holy Saturday, March 31

Holy Saturday_Easter VigilMass of the Easter Vigil
8:00pm at St. John
8:00pm at St. Paul

Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God. PS 42-2